Category Archives: Starwood (SPG)

Shh! Possible Starwood Award Price Glitch at This Resort!

Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Mike B for giving us the heads-up that the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa is pricing award nights much lower than it should.

This hotel should be a Starwood category 6 location, which normally costs 20,000 to 25,000 Starwood points per night.  But Mike B let us know that some time yesterday, the price dropped to 12,000 Starwood points!

That’s a terrific deal for a hotel that can cost $800+ per night!  It’s not clear if this is a glitch or on purpose, and I can’t find an explanation for the sudden price drop.

Shh Possible Starwood Award Price Glitch At This Resort

For Unknown Reasons, You Can Book The Newly-Renovated Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa for Only 12,000 Starwood Points per Night

It’s tempting to book at such a good rate!  Let’s look at the deal.

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Easy Status Match to This Hotel Chain

Choice Hotels is offering another status match opportunity!

If you have elite status with another hotel chain, like Hyatt, Marriott, Starwood, or Hilton, Choice Hotels will match your status (up to Platinum elite status).  And requesting a match is easy!

And while Choice isn’t usually known for its fancy hotels, they’ve got locations just about everywhere.  And award nights are a particularly good deal in Europe.

Choice Hotels Status Match 2017

Choice Hotels Are Everywhere, so Even If You Don’t Have a Choice Hotel Stay Planned, This Status Match Could Come in Handy!

I’ll tell you what you need to know about this deal.

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5 Top Hotels in Caribbean & Mexico to Book With Starwood Points

Looking for a spectacular hotel to book a tropical getaway?

Through April 5, 2017, you can earn a total of 35,000 Starwood points with the sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements.  These are the highest offers I’ve seen for both cards!

You can use these valuable points for fantastic stays at excellent Starwood hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean, like The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa.

Starwood Points For Hotels In The Caribbean

Points From the AMEX Starwood Sign-Up Bonus and Minimum Spending Requirement Can Get You 2 Nights in a Highly Rated Hotel in Beautiful Grand Cayman!

I’ll share 5 top Starwood hotels in the Caribbean and Mexico you can book with points!

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Alaska Airlines Adds a New Airline Partner!

You’ll soon have more options for earning and redeeming Alaska Airlines miles!

Via One Mile at a Time, Alaska Airlines is adding German budget airline Condor to its list of partners.

Alaska Airlines Adds A New Airline Partner

You’ll Be Able to Earn Alaska Airlines Miles When You Fly German Low-Cost Airline Condor

I’ll tell you why this is good news for folks who collect Alaska Airlines miles!

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Readers Love These Starwood Hotels and You Might Too!

The sign-up bonus on the AMEX Starwood personal and small business cards have the highest sign-up bonus ever.  So we’ve been giving you ideas for how to get the best use of your Starwood points.

And many of you have given us great ideas, too!

Best Starwood Hotels

Emily Stayed at The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Venice, and Many of You Want to Do the Same!

I’ll show you what Million Mile Secrets readers say are the best Starwood hotels for redeeming Starwood points!

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Can Company Employees Apply for Their Own Small Business Cards?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Rachel, sent us this message on Facebook:

Can I get a small business credit card to use for expenses at my job?  I have some travel for work coming up and I think I could meet the minimum spending requirement for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.  I already have the personal version.

Great question, Rachel!

It’s unlikely you’ll qualify for your own small business card and earn a sign-up bonus as an employee of a company.  Unless you’re an independent contractor and receive a 1099 tax form.

Banks will only extend credit to you for a business card if you’re an owner of a for-profit company.  Employees can only become an authorized user on a business credit card account.

That said, it’s possible to get a small business card with just your Social Security Number if you’re an Airbnb host, Uber driver, sell on eBay, or with many other side activities!

Qualify For A Small Business Card

As a Traditional Employee, It’s Unlikely You’ll Qualify for a Small Business Card

I’ll explain who can qualify for a small business card!

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A 19-Day Trip to Taiwan & Thailand in Business Class, With the Help of Miles & Points

Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!

Carla is our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.

A 19 Day Trip To Taiwan Thailand In Business Class With The Help Of Miles Points

First Class Seats on Thai Airways

A big thank you to Carla for sharing her story!

Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.

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What Are the Best Current Credit Card Deals?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Bansi, emailed:

Which credit cards currently have the best deals?  We are making a few large purchases for our home.

There are several cards offering terrific sign-up bonuses, including a few best-ever offers that are only available for a limited time.

Top Travel Card Sign Up Bonuses

One of the Top Credit Card Deals Is the Best-Ever Offer for the AMEX Starwood Card!  But It’s Only Available for a Limited Time!

I’ll share top travel cards with excellent sign-up bonuses!

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Won’t Last! Deep Discount Tickets to Europe

Via Miles to Memories, you can get up to 20% off tickets to Europe with Norwegian Air’s St. Patrick’s Day fare sale!

I found a flight from Newburg, New York to Bergen, Norway departing September 21, 2017, and returning September 25, 2017, for ~$273.

The valid travel dates for these sale fares vary, depending on which European city you’re flying to.  For example, for tickets to Ireland and Scotland, you can get up to 20% off flights between April 18, 2017, and October 28, 2017. 

Norwegian Air Sale

Save Big on Your Trip Across the Pond With Norwegian’s St. Patrick’s Day Sale

Here are the details.  And how to search for deals from your city!

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How to Add an Authorized User or Employee Card to Your Starwood AMEX

Adding an authorized user or employee card to your AMEX Starwood personal or small business cards is a great way to earn points faster.

Because any purchases made on the authorized user’s card will earn Starwood points in your account.

With more points, it’s be easier to book free nights at Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton hotels.  Or book award flights by transferring Starwood points to ~30 airline partners.

How To Add Authorized User To Starwood AMEX

Use the Extra Starwood Points You Get From Your Authorized User’s Spending to Book a Free Night at Hotels Like the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona

I’ll show you how to add an authorized user to your AMEX Starwood card.

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